The deadline to apply for the open position of McMinnville fire chief has passed. A total of 46 applications were received, but none of them were local.
An effort to narrow down the list began Tuesday.
“They started the review process today,” said city administrator David Rutherford. “We hope to be able to narrow it down so we can start phone interviews the first week in January.”
There are no standouts at this time.
“No, I don’t have a favorite at this time,” said Rutherford. “We may have to narrow it down a little further for that.”
Rutherford is not going through the effort alone. The process to narrow down the list will include input from interim fire chief Bryan Denton, city recorder Shirley Durham and human resource administrator Jennifer Rigsby.
Individuals still being considered after the first cut will be invited for a face-to-face interview.
“Once the phone interview process has been concluded, individuals making the cut will be invited for face-to-face interviews,” said Rutherford. “Interviews will also include a fire department team made up of fire department employees who will sit in during the process.”
Salary for the fire chief position is dependent on experience and qualifications, with a salary range set between $58,846 and $85,252.
The goal to have a new fire chief by mid-February, says Rutherford.